Style Content – OOTD Shades of Grey

OOTD shades of grey

 

New grey washed out jeans (maternity) from H&M ($40!), oversized black blouse  by hanni y that is a staple in my closet (I’ve had it for over a year). Oversized fuzzy grey w/ skulls scarf and of course my trusty black leather jacket both from Zara. Boots from  Fiorentini & Baker.

All that happened here was a new pair of inexpensive maternity jeans from H&M giving new life to some staples in my wardrobe. FYI I’m at 27 weeks here. We didn’t take a side profile pic but trust me there’s a large bump there. That’s why i had the big fuzzy scarf and gloves on, because there’s no way my jacket zips up.

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Home Content – DIY Antique Sideboard Update

I sort of have expensive taste. That’s not really a secret. But right now I’m working on a budget and I’ve got a long list of ‘wants’ for the house regarding decor. My husband has a long (more expensive) list of ‘needs’ for the house (air conditioning, new windows, etc.) So I’m trying to get creative wherever possible to save a few bucks and still get the outcome I’m looking for.

I LOVE setting a gorgeous table, so when it was time to do a registry for our wedding last year I didn’t hesitate to pick out China knowing I’d put it to good use eventually. Until this weekend it’s all been sitting in the boxes it originally arrived in, just waiting for a proper home. I was looking at a full fledged China Cabinet but to get the size I need to look appropriate in our space it would have had to be custom made running us upwards of around $4000. Not really where I wanted to spend that kind of money right now. So I hit up Kijiji and got my craft on. I opted for something a little more ornate, knowing with the right paint and new knobs it would balance out some of our more modern/industrial furnishings. The beauty of antiques is that they were made so well! This sideboard is as sturdy as they come.

Original Sideboard ($250);

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The process (remove knobs, sand down thoroughly, wipe down with damp cloth);

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Fill drawers and cupboards;

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I used one of my favourite (and previously framed) tea towels to line the drawers.

Add art (more to be hung still) and Voila!

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Home Content – A Big ‘Ol Clock

We’ve been wondering how to tackle our kitchen, we’ve got this great big brick wall in it and it’s begging for the right furnishings. The previous owner had a series of mirrors across it, not overly inspiring but it did add both space and light. We knew for sure we didn’t want to go that route so we’ve left it as a blank canvas until now.

We have finally decided on a theme of old Canadiana, Newfoundland, and Dutch paraphanelia. My dutch tiles and plates for sure will find a home there, and we’ve got a number of items from Mr. Content’s father who was a lobster fisherman in Newfoundland. But we’ve got a number of little items and a big wide canvas and have been waiting for inspiration to strike us on how to anchor everything together…. And then inspiration hit when I saw this in CB2;

Kitchen Clock 1

Originally I thought I’d put this above the door in the kitchen that leads to outside but alas it was too big! So we scratched our heads, pondered, turned about 45 degrees to our left and thought – ‘what if?’. And lo and behold, it’s the exact perfect item to centre on the brick wall and act as an anchor for the rest of our trinkets.

Kitchen Clock 2

More posts to come as our heritage paraphernalia starts to join the clock.

Home Content – Inspiration is Everywhere

Our bedroom is the last room to tackle in our home decor rampage. It also happens to be the most mismatched room in the house during our ‘make-do’ stage, and awkwardly laid out. As a first time expectant mom I’ve never ever been more motivated to turn our bedroom into a sanctuary, knowing that rest is of the utmost of importance both now and in the months to come. So where does one even begin to start? We don’t have one single piece to start with.

I’ve showed countless online images of headboards and duvet covers to Mr Content but he just couldn’t give me any direction from ‘a picture’. So I thought I’d take it a step back and dropped by the paint store to pick up some potential paint swatches, but instead of showing him one at a time, i put two potential palettes together and presented them that way. Bingo!

The room is small, so a light bright colour was the only way to go for the walls, but i added in some more saturated hues to show how some accent colours could really compliment the light. (think bedding, pillows, curtains, etc.)

Proposed Palette #1; Blues with a little Seafoam Green action

Blue Palette

Proposed Palette #2; Purples with a little Rose and Neutral action

Purple Palette

As it turns out Mr Content is not a fan of anything green, (not even seafoam!) so those were quickly eliminted from the blue palette. And although purple is his favourite colour he thought the light colour options for purple too grey toned, and anything else was too feminine for the walls. So we chose the lightest brightest blue in the palette and then started playing with accents, we ended up with an array of blues but i still felt like we were missing something to kick it up a notch. That little hit of the unexpected. And then I saw one of my scarves sitting on the dresser and it all came together in an instant!

Bedroom 1

The very light blue is going on the walls – ‘Sheer Bliss’ from Benjamin Moore, and the rest will serve as direction for bedding, accent pillows, headboard/bedframe, etc. Before and After photos to come hopefully in about a month.

Home Content – Plates Aren’t Just For Eating!

I grew up in a house that had plates and tiles hanging on the wall in the kitchen, and it’s something that’s always stuck with me. I have some of my mom’s old Dutch tiles and plates and they are going up in my kitchen, but in the Fall I fell upon these Rob Ryan plates at The Bay and fell in love I bought them immediately knowing I’d find the perfect spot for them in our new house (which were weren’t moving in to until January).

So now the time has come! I indeed found the ‘perfect’ place for them in our dining room, right near the entrance to the kitchen. I am not a fan of everything being perfectly symmetrical, neither is Mr Content so we opted for an untraditional layout that still looked balanced.

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I might need to tweak the hook on the back of the ‘Summer’ plate (second from the top, they are in seasons Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) it looks slightly skewed. And of course our dining room will look even better once our dining room table arrives next month;
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Baby Content – The Dangers of Bumper Pads

As gorgeous as they are, are you aware of the potential dangers of bumper pads? They are used purely for aesthetic reasons and the Government of Canada warns strongly against their use citing that they could be a contributing factor in SIDS.

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The official Health Canada statement is available here, note that it’s dated 2005 – so why aren’t more new moms & moms-to-be in the know? And why are they still available for purchase in Canada?

What are your thoughts? Did you use bumper pads?

Mrs Content – Guest Etc

I had so much fun today shooting with Jonathan from lululemon. He is the proud owner of Guest Etc and asked to feature me this week. Having worked for lululemon for 6+ years, I’m still a big fan of their clothing – which is no secret if you’ve been following my OOTD posts.

Here are some of the ‘runners up’ photos from today’s shoot;

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Baby Content – Birth Photography, yay or nay?

Have you heard about Birth Photography? This seems to be a growing trend, and admittedly one I’m really fascinated with. I love photography. I love the documentation of life and events, and more importantly – moments. And isn’t birth, like any momentous event, a close series of important moments?

A number of local birth photographers have popped up on my radar lately via some of my favourite pre/post-natal resources like Bebo Mia and Toronto Yoga Mamas. Two stand-outs for me are Born by Cala Evans Photography and Four Bees Photography.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on documenting this intimate time in your life – are you for or against hiring a Birth Photographer?